Size of general government procurement as a percentage of GDP (2008)
Source: Government at a Glance 2011
OECD member countries spend on average 12% of their GDP on public procurement. Variations reflect the different size of the state, its role in the economy and the existence of big spending projects (e.g. infrastructure investments).
In 2008, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Iceland spent over 15% of GDP by way of public procurement transactions, the largest shares amongst OECD countries. In comparison, procurement expenditures in Mexico, Chile and Switzerland represented less than 7% of GDP.
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